From a Concrete Ditch to a Real Estate Boom

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After the concrete was poured in the 1930's to make it a flood-control channel, nobody thought much about the LA River. But new events and amenities are attracting visitors, and a $1.3 billion plan for cleanup and restoration took a step forward last month. There's now such a boom in real estate speculation that long-time residents are worried about being priced out. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went down to the river.

You can learn more and see additional photos of gentrification along the LA River on the WWLA blog.


Saul Gonzalez - reporter for KCRW. Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' - @SaulKCRW, Paul Habibi - a lecturer on real estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and an expert witness for Grayslake Advisors, James Brasuell - Planetizen - @CasualBrasuell

Warren Olney

Evan George, Charlotte Duren